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Parks & Lands Committee Newsletters & Events
 
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Events
Spring 2012
Spring Fling Royal River Paddle - May 11
 
 
 

Yarmouth Dog Ordinance

Yarmouth’s Invasive Terrestrial Plant Initiative

If you enjoy being in the outdoors and having access to nature, then Yarmouth is the place to be.  There are many recreational and sports facilities available in Yarmouth. Whether it be public parks, pathways, tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts, beaches, boat launches or even outdoor ice skating during the winter months, Yarmouth's town facilities offer something for everyone.

Yarmouth Walking Routes Map
Yarmouth Biking Routes Map

Hunting Information

Hunting Regulations

Click here to download Yarmouth's hunting regulations

Click here to download a Yarmouth Hunting Area Map


Parks

Grist Mill Park

Scenic overlook of lower Royal River falls at East Main Street and Route 88. A great spot for lunch.

Directions: From Main Street, take Route 88 eastbound over the Royal River bridge. Parking is on your left immediately after the bridge (on the east side of the river). A small path leads away from the parking area to a large rock on the river bank, a great place to get down to the water. Use caution at flood stage.

 

Latchstring Park

Corner of West Elm and Main Streets

Memorial Green

Located on Main Street in front of Yarmouth Town Hall.

  • Site of Carol Sing & Tree Lighting (December)
  • Veterans Day (November)
  • Memorial Day (May)
  • Clam Festival Food Circle (July)

Pratt's Brook Park

Located on the Northwest side of town, Pratt's Brook Park offers over 220 acres of woods with over 7 miles of trails for walking or cross country skiing. The park is located between Granite Street and North Road. Parking is available at the North Road entrance.

Directions: There are three entrances to Pratt’s Brook Park:
North Road, about 1.2 miles from East Main Street, on the right (or on the left, 0.1 mile south of the intersection of East Elm and North Road). This is a gated entrance with parking for about 30 cars. Berryfield Road, a side road off of Granite Street just over a mile from the 4-way intersection with East Main Street (east of Transfer Station), with parking
for four cars at the end of the road on the right. Ledge Road, about 1.2 miles from North Road or about 0.4 mile from Granite Street, the entrance is about 150 feet east of Mountfort Road on the south side of the road, with parking on a wide soft shoulder for about four cars.

On Thursday, April 30th, 2009 the Town of Yarmouth, Yarmouth Fire Rescue, and Maine Forest Service collaborated on a three acre prescribed fire on the former blueberry fields in Pratt’s Brook Park. Since the management plan for the park was first drafted in 2000, fire has been called for as a management tool, but 4/30 marked the first controlled burn the Town has undertaken. The goals of this fire were to help maintain open habitat, remove invasive species, and rejuvenate blueberry production. Although only time and regeneration will tell, the burn appears to have been a great success.

These fields were once regularly burned by Frank Knight, their previous owner. May his vision for thoughtful stewardship of productive, working landscapes regenerate along with next season’s crop of blueberries.

This effort could not have taken place without the time and efforts of John Leavitt, district ranger for the ME Forest Service, Chief Fairbanks, of Yarmouth Fire Rescue, and the extraordinary volunteers from Southern Maine Community College, the Maine Army National Guard, and the Georgetown, Gray, New Gloucester, and Yarmouth Fire Departments.

Please take a moment to enjoy these photographs taken during the burn!

Royal River Park

Located in the center of town, the Royal River Park is considered the "crown jewel" of the Town's park system. The park provides a mile long walkway along the river bank complete with waterfalls and scenic vistas It is a perfect spot for a picnic, a great place to relieve stress. 

Directions: The main entrance to the park is across from the Yarmouth Water District offices on East Elm Street, about 0.3 mile east of Andy’s Handy Store at the corner of Main Street. There are additional entrances to the park from Bridge Street, the Beth Condon Pathway near the Rowe Elementary School and via the pedestrian bridge accessed from Forest Falls Drive.

Historic Royal River Park Signs
(courtesy of the Yarmouth Village Improvement Society)

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Village Green Park

Historic main street village park which is maintained in cooperation with the Village Improvement Society.

 
Open Spaces & Conservation Lands

Spear Farm Estuary Preserve

35 acres of wooded shoreland on lower Bayview Street

Take a Photo Tour of Spear Farm Estuary Preserve

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Directions: Take Route 88 (Spring Street) to Bayview Street, turn southeast (right if coming from the Royal River, left if coming from the
Route One junction) and go 0.9 mile to a parking area on the right, set back from the road with a small barn and kiosk at the edge of the field.

Fels-Grove Farm Preserve

55 acres of open fields and woodlands on Gilman Road.

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Directions: Take Route 88 (Lafayette St.) to Princes Point Road. At the four-way stop, turn left onto Gilman Rd., going towards Cousins Island. The fields of Fels-Groves Farm open up within a quarter mile on both sides of Gilman Road. The southern parcel, which has trails and parking, is on the right.

Larabee's Landing

Pathway to river off of Burbank Lane

Frank Knight Forest

Site of Yarmouth Community Garden. 75 acres of fields and forest on East Main Street.

Directions: Take Main Street from North Road east past Estabrook’s Garden Center, about 0.6 mile to the Community Garden, on the left. Park by the kiosk at the Community Garden.


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Barker Property - 23 wooded acres between East Elm St. & Royal River.

Sligo Road Property - Nearly 40 acres of fields with river frontage (former "Pole Yard"). Enjoy the newly created chipped trail (by Eagle Scout Lee Woodside) to the banks of the Royal River.

Take a Photo Tour of the Sligo Road Property

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Directions: Head north on Main Street (Route 115) from the corner of Main and East Elm Street (by Andy’s Handy Store) to the next right, Sligo Road. Head 0.4 mile down Sligo Road, and just beyond the railroad crossing is a parking area on the right. There is currently parking for about 5 cars.

Sweetsir Farm

30 wooded acres along the Royal River at the end of Old Field Road.

Directions: From the intersection of North Road and Ledge Road go north a tenth of a mile to Concord Circle and turn left through the subdivision half way around the circle to Old Field Road. Cross the railroad tracks to a small parking area at the end of the road. The trail extends straight into the woods, approximately 1,500 feet to the river.

 
Cousins Island

Camp Soci - Small wooded parcel with picnic area, trails and ocean views.

Sandy Point Beach - Tidal beach area

Tinker Property - 15 acres of natural fields and woods on Cousins Island.

 
Miscellaneous
 

Beth Condon Memorial Pathway

The pathway is a pedestrian and bicycle path that starts at Portland Street and runs along US Route One, connecting with the Royal River walkway and finishes at Forest Falls Drive. The pathway provides safe and convenient access to the many shops and businesses along US Route One.

Directions: Parking is available at many points along the Pathway: in front of businesses along Route One north of Portland Street, at Yarmouth
Marketplace, behind Town Hall near the Butterfly Garden, at Rowe School, at Forest Falls Drive and at Hannaford Plaza.